Camel Pawn Shop Fine Jewelry - The Oldest Family Owned Retail Business in Winston-Salem
Stop in to See Winston-Salem's Best Kept Secret - Home of Low Prices
Camel Pawn's first location 1931 in Winston-Salem was on the right in the next block of 4th Street in this photo. The Winston Tower now stands in it's place. The Reynolds Building, completed in 1929 is across the street.Originally Started in 1931 as a branch of an Atlanta pawn shop, Camel Pawn was first located on 4th Street where the Winston Tower now Stands.
Since the beginning, almost everyone who works or visits in Winston-Salem has browsed the shop because of the great buys on an electric guitar, TV, iphone, and yes, 5 carat diamonds and jewelry.
Ben Clein picked Winston-Salem to expand because Winston-Salem was a growing industrial town in the 1930's. His sons, Harris and Leonard, took over after he retired and the Winston-Salem store later included Harris's wife Rose Clein and then his son Ron Clein.
Camel Pawn has kept it's area of the Winston-Salem downtown lively since 1931. Camel Pawn was first located on the corner of Church and Fourth streets until 1961. Then it moved to Liberty Street near the intersection of Fourth Street. The store brings people, business and vitality to a part of the city that would be much less without it. A steady flow of customers come in all day and represent all "Walks of Life". Some come from the Executive floors from the nearby bank towers and others walk in from the bus station. A morning spent here gives glimpses into the daily lives of regular people. Aside from the bargaining and good deals, many of the customers come in for the family atmosphere - three generations of Cleins have worked in the store.
In recent years Camel Pawn was presented the Downtown Excellence Award from the Downtown Winston-Salem Association for rehabilitating old buildings.
Camel Pawn Shop confounds the traditional image of pawn shops. The store instead looks more like a showroom with sparkling rings, necklaces and bracelets that fill glass cases at the front. You will find that the offerings rival those of any traditional jewelry retailer with most of the upper end jewelry being new. Rows of TV's, stereos and IPads fill an isle while on another isle are guitars, banjo's and mandolins, drums, band instruments and amplifiers. Another isle finds Montblanc pens, cameras, DVD's, matching luggage. Ron Clein says "We've got something for everyone - whether professional, student whatever. All we do is save people money on the purchase of their dreams"